School-based ap­pren­tice­ship and trainee­ship pro­gram ben­e­fi­cial to all

Pilbara News - - Education - Ellen Kay

Lo­cal busi­nesses which em­ploy full-time sec­ondary school stu­dents can use the school-based ap­pren­tice­ship and trainee­ship pro­gram to up­skill their work­force and ac­cess fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

More than 21,000 stu­dents signed up to the pro­gram last year and their em­ploy­ers re­ceived up to $2000 in Gov­ern­ment sup­port.

Putting young part-time em­ploy­ees on school-based ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships up­skills work­ers and can at­tract gov­ern­ment in­cen­tives.

If you are em­ploy­ing a full-time sec­ondary school stu­dent, for a min­i­mum of one day a week, you can of­fer a school-based ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship.

Stu­dents also gain a head start with their ca­reers and a recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion while still work­ing to­wards their se­nior sec­ondary school cer­tifi­cate.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia man­ager Lena Con­stan­tine said the most dif­fi­cult part of the process was find­ing the right em­ployee.

“Find­ing and hir­ing the per­fect can­di­date of­ten in­volves the most work — once you have the right em­ployee the process is easy,” she said.

“As the econ­omy tran­si­tions and our State en­ters a new phase, it’s more im­por­tant than ever for busi­nesses to in­vest in the train­ing of their younger em­ploy­ees.”

School-based ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships work best when the school, em­ployer, stu­dent and par­ent can work out an ar­range­ment that suits all par­ties.

The study re­quired to gain a na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion is flex­i­ble to fit around work and school com­mit­ments, and it’s free for the stu­dent and the em­ployer while the stu­dent is still at school. Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia is an Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work provider that can help busi­nesses and em­ploy­ees work to­gether to find the per­fect qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

It pro­vides men­tor­ing and sup­port to busi­nesses and stu­dents through­out their school-based ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship.

To find out more about school­based ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships and the fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for your busi­ness, con­tact Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia on 1300 363 831 or ap­pren­tice­ship­sup­port@cciwa.com.

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